Oregon's Erath Winery, which used to be known as Knudsen Erath, is one of the Willamette Valley's iconic brands, having been among the pioneers of pinot noir in the region. Today it offers a broad range of pinot noirs and other wines, including a relatively inexpensive line bottled under the "Oregon" appellation that sources grapes from various vineyards. Among them is Erath's 2008 Oregon Pinot Gris, an excellent example of what has become the state's signature white variety.
This is a superb value at $14, far more interesting than many California wines you'll find at this price. Crisp and complex with lime, white peach and floral notes, it will be a classy and refreshing accompaniment at the Thanksgiving table with its mouth-tingling acidity and will also match well with fish, chicken and pork dishes. But as I tasted it over several nights I kept going back to the Thanksgiving theme and how this one will work so well as an easy-to-drink but interesting wash-down wine, at a price that will make it easy to pour it generously to your guests.